Shopper Awarded Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars After Slipping on Cherry Pit.

Businesses have an obligation to their customers to keep a reasonably safe, secure environment. While a typical trip or fall may not be overly harmful, a slip and fall injury can be serious, or even fatal. Slip and fall incidents cause 15% of all accidental deaths in the Commonwealth, making them second only to motor vehicle deaths as a cause of Massachusetts accidental deaths. When a business fails to behave appropriately, its negligence can result in serious injuries, injuries that they can be held financially accountable for. If you or a loved one have recently tripped or slipped and fallen and sustained substantial injuries, you may be able to recover for your injuries through a successful personal injury lawsuit.

That is precisely what one Bostonian woman did after she was injured in a shopping center. The fifty-nine-year-old woman was shopping at the produce section of her local grocery store when she slipped on a cherry pit that was lying on the ground. The woman fell back, slamming her back against the ground, injuring her L4 and L5 vertebrae. The woman had to undergo spinal laminectomy and discectomy surgeries due to the damage to her spine.

The woman filed a personal injury lawsuit against the supermarket to cover her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and the future back pain and soreness she is now forced to live with. Apparently, the store’s guidebook required that the produce section have rubber mats to prevent this type of slip and fall injury, but the specific store the woman went to had no such mats. Rather than go to trial, the two parties held a mediation. At the end of the mediation, the supermarket agreed to pay the woman $250,000 to compensate her for her injuries and expenses.

If you or a loved one have slipped and fallen on another’s property due to their negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from those who are responsible.

Nevada Woman Receives $13 Million in Slip and Fall Case.

Property owners owe a duty of reasonable care to their visitors to maintain their property in such a way that avoids unreasonably dangerous conditions which pose a risk of injury to pedestrians. This means that the property owner must keep the premises free of dangerous conditions, such as hazardous snow or ice spillage or foreign substances. The property owner must also maintain appropriate lighting, repair uneven walkways and staircases and correct any other situation that is likely to result in serious injury to visitors. If a property owner creates a dangerous condition on his or her property, or allows such a condition to persist for an unreasonable amount of time, he or she may be liable for damages to some who is injured as a result of the dangerous condition. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact our expert Boston slip and fall accident attorneys today.

In July 2013, Kelly Hendrickson was shopping at Lowe’s Home Centers store in Nevada. As she was looking at the palm trees in the garden center, she slipped on a wet substance draining from the bottom of several planters. She suffered a skull fracture and hemorrhage in the front of her brain. She has also suffered from chronic neck pain and headaches, increased anxiety and depression issues with her balance, and a lost sense of taste and smell.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Hendrickson filed a lawsuit against Lowe’s Home Centers. She asked for $40.6 million for medical expenses, lost earning capacity, and physical and mental pain and suffering. During the trial, Hendrickson’s lawyers reported that 30 other people were injured after falling in Lowe’s garden centers in Clark County during the previous five years, but the company nevertheless did nothing to correct the hazard. The jury found that Lowe’s was 80 percent negligent and Hendrickson was 20 percent negligent. They awarded Hendrickson $13.14 million for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. The jury did not award Hendrickson punitive damages because they concluded that Lowe’s was not guilty of implied malice.

Massachusetts Man Awarded $1.2 Million in Personal Injury Damages After Falling Down Restaurant Stairs.

Restaurants, bars and shops have an obligation and legal duty to their customers to keep a reasonably safe and secure environment. While a typical trip or fall may not be overly harmful, some slip and fall injury events can be serious, or even fatal. Slip and fall incidents cause 15% of all accidental deaths in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making them second only to motor vehicle deaths as a cause of accidental deaths in the state. When a business fails to behave appropriately, its negligence can result in serious injuries, injuries for which they can be held legally and financially accountable by an expert Boston slip and fall lawyer.

A local Massachusetts restaurant recently faced this type of liability after a delivery driver fell down a flight of stairs while on their property. The delivery man was moving a shipment and was using a hand truck to bring goods down into the restaurant’s basement. The delivery man then fell down the stairs, causing severe and extensive injuries that reportedly left him with permanent discomfort and limited mobility. The delivery man’s attorneys, Patrick Jones and Ralph Liguori, argued that the restaurant’s stairs and stairwell were in an unsafe condition which resulted in his injuries. The restaurant ultimately agreed to pay the delivery man $1.2 million in personal injury damages for his pain and suffering and medical expenses.

If you or a loved one have slipped and fallen on another’s property due to their negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from those who are responsible.

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